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Praise for Day of the Oprichnik and Vladimir Sorokin
“Vladimir Sorokin is one of Russia’s greatest writers, and this novel is one of his best. Day of the Oprichnik is a haunting and terrifying vision of modern Russia projected two decades into the future—or maybe not the future at all. A joy to read—more entertaining, dynamic, engaging, and deeply hilarious than a dystopian novel has any right to be.” —Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story
“Anyone who wants to learn more about Russia and what could be the outcome of [Vladimir] Putin’s rule should read the book. It’s dark and dystopian, but it’s a part of our life.” —Garry Kasparov, Time
“Might this be something of a Sorokin moment in the Anglophone world? Is the pope German?” —Stephen Kotkin, The New York Times Book Review
“[A] take-no-prisoners satire from one of Russia’s literary stars . . . Vladimir Sorokin’s lurid, wildly inventive Day of the Oprichnik is a rowdy critique of Russia’s drift toward authoritarianism.” —Taylor Antrim, Newsweek
“Sorokin’s book is a sleek and darting fish . . . Day of the Oprichnik . . . should attract the readership [Sorokin] deserves . . . He has a fearless imagination willing to be put to most grotesque and energetic use.” —Alexander Nazaryan, The New Republic
“Compelling . . . Devastating . . . Powerful . . . In Day of the Oprichnik, [Sorokin] combines futurological invention with political archaism to vicious satirical effect . . . It’s as if hi-tech limbs had been grafted onto the torso of early modern statecraft: Wolf Hall meets William Gibson.” —Tony Wood, London Review of Books
“Day of the Oprichnik is Vladimir Sorokin’s funniest and most accessible book since The Queue. The KGB orgy scene at the end is worthy of the great shit-eating scenes of his earlier work.” —Keith Gessen, author of All the Sad Young Literary Men
“Sorokin’s novel packs a hefty satirical punch that will show American audiences why the author has been so controversial in Russia . . . Great fun, with a wickedly absurdist humor that occasionally reminds one of William S. Burroughs.” —Booklist
“Perhaps no other postmodern writer demonstrates the angst around the reemergence of Russia’s slide back toward authoritarianism than the celebrated (and often reviled) satirist Sorokin. His latest assault, not only on Putin’s government but literary senses, is a caustic, slash-and-burn portrait of a man joyfully engaged in the business of state-initiated terrorism . . . It’s disturbing stuff, but as Sorokin’s razor-sharp caricature unfolds . . . the novelist’s keen argument becomes hard to ignore . . . [An] acidly funny send-up of Russia’s current state of affairs.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Sorokin’s creations are at once fantastically strange and all too familiar. His pen drips with imaginative fury . . . [Day of the Oprichnik] holds its own with dystopian classics like Fahrenheit 451 and honors the traditions of Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and other great Russian writers even as its characters burn their books.” —Library Journal
“If queues were arranged in order of merit, it would only be fair to put . . . Vladimir Sorokin at the head.” —Lucy Ellman, The Guardian
“Sorokin [is] one of Russia’s funniest, smartest and most confounding living writers.” —Elaine Blair, The Nation
“Controversy chases the Russian writer Vladimir Sorokin the way a dog chases a stick.” —Ken Kalfus, The New York Times Book Review
A fellow crossworder on a blog suggested I read this. He is Russian and says it's not too far from how things are there in many ways. I can't say I really enjoyed it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joyce M. Wood
Day of the Oprichnik is an excellent read. Just a word of caution, the book is not for children. The book opens with a rape and ends with even more madness.Published 3 months ago by John Lloyd
This dark dystopia by one of the most prominent Russian dissident writers has been prophetic and is being quoted more and more recently in relation to Putin's Russia. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Svetlana
What are we reading?: Day of the Oprichnik, by Vladimir Sorokin (translated by Jamey Gambrell).
Give me the short version: Ritual, torture, lust. Read more
An interesting dystopian view of Russia (that could very well turn out prophetic). Sexual, grotesque, and religious. Who could want more? Eat your heart out, Mr. Putin.Published 10 months ago by Will K.
I was expecting something more on the level of Pelevin. This had almost no redeeming features. It fails both as pornography and as literature. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. Kevin White
Enjoyed it. Couldnt put it down. I bet its much better in Russian.Published 13 months ago by James Dixon
This is a rather curious book that reads very similar, in many respects. to A Clockwork Orange, but where the state apparatus is playing the part of the merry droogs, raping and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by M. Hyman